The Apple and the Tree

The distance is measured in millimeters. This is number 3.

I have commented previously on former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee:

Thus spake Mike Huckabee’s interpretation of American history. I presume this sprang from one of his more lucid moments. In other parts of his life Mike Huckabee, former candidate for United States president, has expressed a belief in the supernatural:

He has claimed that angels guide his bullets when he hunts. Seriously.

“I decided that one way or another, this hunt is about to be over, because I can’t stand any more of this cold. And somehow by the grace of God, when I squeezed the trigger, my Weatherby .300 Mag., which has got to be the greatest gun, I think, ever made in the form of a rifle — for my sake in hunting, I’ve never squeezed the trigger and not gotten something — did its work and somehow the angels took that bullet and went right to the antelope, and my hunt was over in a wonderful way.”

Yeah, Governor Huckabee has a loose association with the truth. All of which brings me to the topic of today, namely that the fruit does not fall very far from the tree. White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, offspring of the governor, seems to have inherited the notion that truth is a sometime thing.

The screen shot from CBS News at the top shows Sanders being questioned by reporter Steve Portnoy. The president, Sanders’ boss, has recently fired FBI Director James Comey, apparently due to the director’s persistence in investigating nefarious activities of the president and his staff. The president at one point observed the cause for dismissal was this “Russia thing,” but when that notion crashed and burned he shifted to another narrative. James Comey was ruinous to morale at the Bureau, and his dismissal was necessary for the good of all.

Portnoy and most others observed otherwise. Comey was a popular director, recognized for his genuine support of the rank and file agents and staff. Portnoy quoted an FBI agent as saying, “The vast majority of the Bureau is in favor of Directory Comey, [his firing] is a total shock, this is not supposed to happen ….” Sanders’ response is surprising. From page 72 of “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election,” produced by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, we have Sanders responding:

Look, we’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that say very different things.

The Mueller Report expanded on that—again on page 72:

Following the press conference, Sanders spoke to the President, who told her she did a good job and did not point out any inaccuracies in her comments. Sanders told this Office that her reference to hearing from “countless members of the FBI” was a “slip of the tongue .” She also recalled that her statement in a separate press interview that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Corney was a comment she made “in the heat of the moment” that was not founded on anything.

First off, I am glad there is no need for us to accept a new definition of “countless.” Personally, I have too many already. So, the fruit of Huckabee was flustered and misspoke. That’s understandable. We have all done something like that. I mean, I have on occasion. A mere slip of the tongue.

Actually more like a slip of the yoke of morality. From a news item in The Washington Post:

The claim from Sanders about a groundswell of FBI types applauding the firing of Comey sounded implausible enough that reporters kept badgering the deputy press secretary on the matter. The day after her assertion about “countless” employees, Sanders was asked to square her own assessment with that of McCabe before Congress. Her answer:

MS. SANDERS: Well, I can speak to my own personal experience. I’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the President’s decision. And I think that we may have to agree to disagree. I’m sure that there are some people that are disappointed, but I certainly heard from a large number of individuals — and that’s just myself — and I don’t even know that many people in the FBI.

Another round:

Q And one last question, just to follow up on the FBI thing. And I’m not trying to be overly combative here, but you said now today, and I think you said again yesterday, that you personally have talked to countless FBI officials, employees, since this happened.

MS. SANDERS: Correct.

Q I mean, really? So are we talking —

MS. SANDERS: Between like email, text messages — absolutely.

Q Like 50?

MS. SANDERS: Yes.

Q Sixty, seventy?

MS. SANDERS: Look, we’re not going to get into a numbers game. I mean, I have heard from a large number of individuals that work at the FBI that said that they’re very happy with the President’s decision. I mean, I don’t know what I else I can say.

Yes, Mrs. Sanders. What can you say about that? I know what I can say about that. You are a lying twit of the first order and possessing the morals of a street corner pimp. What kind of family environment produces such a person? What kind of president hires such a person to speak for him? What kind of electorate underwrites such a presidency? Have we come this low? Apparently we have.

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